How Allergies Affect Your Quality of Sleep

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Do allergies cause poor sleep?

There are several allergy symptoms that can make falling asleep difficult. Your symptoms that affect your ability to breathe easily may also disturb your sleep, causing waking throughout the night. Congestion, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing can all reduce your sleep quality.

Can Allergies Cause Sleep Apnea?

Allergies can affect your sleep and are even associated with sleep apnea. So why is this? When you sleep at night, most people breathe mostly through their nose, but allergies can cause swelling and irritation of the nose that limits the amount of airflow through the nose. And that leads to you, opening your mouth and breathing through your mouth, which can dry out your mouth.

Sleep Disorders and Allergy Symptoms

It can cause you to wake up and overall it can lead to poor quality sleep. So, this has been shown in a 2017 study in the journal of clinical sleep, where they saw that 30% of their patients with obstructive sleep apnea also had allergies. So we know there's an association and fixing one can certainly improve the other.

How To Sleep Better With Allergies

There are a number of methods you can use to try to sleep better with allergies. One method is to decrease the amount of allergens in your bedroom by keeping your window closed, washing your bedding regularly, or keeping pets out of your room. You can also try over-the-counter antihistamines to try to decrease your allergy symptoms for short-term relief. If these methods don’t work for you, you might want to try immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is the only clinically-proven method of getting rid of your allergies for long-term relief.

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